Posted: July 17, 2012
It is a predator of soft bodied small insects and aphids and will sometimes eat the petals of some flowers. They will also feed on vegetables, fruits or other plants. The feeding leaves small irregular holes in the leaves.
Earwigs are active at night and hide during the day in any location they can find. You might find them in your mail box lid, under boards, rocks, and flower pots and anywhere that is moist and dark. They can travel quite a distance to find food and shelter.
When it gets hot and dry and/or when they lack a good food supply, they can enter homes around poorly sealed doors and windows.
If you start finding earwigs in your home you need to improve your weather seal so the earwig can’t enter. Sometimes they can come in on something that was left outside. If you get them in your basement you can use a vacuum cleaner to go along the baseboard and other cracks to try to remove them.
Outside control can be something as simple as rolling up newspaper and placing them where you are having problems with earwigs. Check them each morning and if you have caught earwigs shake them onto a bucket or pan of soapy water. Remove objects they hide under and try to change the yard so it has less moist areas.